I have a zillion things to do today. I know that sounds like an exaggeration, but it sure feels like the truth! So "Memory Monday" is going to be short and to the point.
I found this interesting message on Zen Habits the other day about 7 tips for people that don't like the book Getting Things Done. Now I actually like that book and the concepts it teaches, but I can understand the point of the blog post. It is super structured and not really something that would appeal to the more creative and free-flowing type of thinker. All 7 tips are worth a read, but the one that really hits home for me is the first one on the list:
Create a “to stop” list. If you’re not getting the results you want, chances are you don’t care much about the things you’re doing. The best way to change this is to create a “To-Stop” list. We often spend lots of time creating lists for the things we need to do, but rarely do we reflect on the things that aren’t working. So create a list of all the things that are sucking away your energy and are wasting your time. Figure out which of those things is having the biggest negative impact on you doing the stuff you really want to do. Tackle that thing head on each day.
Now of all the things I need to get done today, almost all of them are necessary and can't be taken care of by being put on a "STOP" list. However, many of my days have some activities and/or commitments that might just be ok to let go of. This is a great tool to help you analyze how you spend your time. Creating your own "to stop" list will help you be more productive and spend your time and energy on things that matter.
How about looking at this from a scrapbooking point of view? Of course your "to stop" list would make an excellent topic for a scrapbook page, but have you thought about it in terms of your scrapbooking productivity? What could you STOP that would help you have more time and energy to spend on creating meaningful pages? What could you stop that might help you find more enjoyment in the memory keeping process?
- Do you spend all your time shopping for supplies and very little time actually putting together pages?
- Is it necessary to send pages in for publication?
- How about the time spent browsing in galleries or reading magazines?
- Are artistic pages as important as documenting the who, what, when, and why information behind the photographs?
I'm not saying that any of these are "bad" or should be added to your own "stop list", because for some people these activities are a vital part of the scrapbooking process, or may even be part of a greater purpose such as a business. But it doesn't hurt to evaluate how you spend the time you do have to give to documenting the events in your life. What do you want to leave behind? Do you want organized photos with documented information? Do you want keepsake books for your loved ones? Do you want to have slideshows or DVDs to pass on to friends and family? What do you want the overall results of your efforts to be?
It's worth taking a look at the big picture now and then. Decide what is worth pursuing and what you can STOP to free you up to give and have more.